This powerful video illustrates the ways in which CIS is making a difference in the lives of 1.25 million children each year. It is a collection of viewpoints, from the voice of CIS President Daniel Cardinali to site coordinators working in schools to students being directly impacted by the organization. The video details the ways in which Communities In Schools breaks down barriers that can prevent students from staying in school and achieving in life. It also touches upon the sound financial investment that Communities In Schools is, returning $11.60 on average for every dollar invested.             
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The Mission of Communities In Schools Of Montgomery County is to Surround Students With a Community of Support, Empowering them to Stay in School and Achieve in Life.

An independent, five-year evaluation of Communities In Schools finds that CIS is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it  increases graduation rates.  The study also shows that a higher percentage of students served by Communities in Schools reach proficiency in 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading and math.  The evaluation employed multiple methodologies including a quasi-experimental study at the school level and randomized control trials at the student level.

Click here to view the executive summary report of the five-year evaluation.

We work within public school systems and maximize the use of dedicated volunteers and community partners.

What sets Communities In Schools apart from other organizations is its model of providing a comprehensive range of community services, also known as integrated student services.

Our initiatives cover a broad spectrum of needs with innovative programs designed to engage and support students at various stages of their education.

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Kids are asking for a mentor.  
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CIS provides mentor training.
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Communities In Schools

"Favorite Nonprofit for 2012"

Social media blog Nonprofit Tech 2.0 named Communities In Schools one of the top nonprofits to watch online in 2012.

Every year, popular blog Nonprofit Tech 2.0 features on their homepage banner their favorite nonprofit organizations using social media to foster social good. Communities In Schools was selected for this year’s honor, among other outstanding organizations such as Amnesty International, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, GLAAD, and the Smithsonian.

In addition to increased exposure and promotion, the 2012 Nonprofits will also receive 10 percent of the proceeds from DIOSA Communications Webinars.

Click to view our 6/30/12 Annual ReportHome_files/CISMC%20Annual%20Report%20%206%3A30%3A12.pdf
Every Child Needs a Mentor

Click here to watch a 60 sec. video of kids telling you why they need a MENTOR

Making a Difference

State News

CIS Network in N.C. Helped Record Number of Students Last School Year

February 06, 2013     Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), part of the leading dropout prevention network in the nation dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, today announces its network data from the 2011-2012 school year.  This data can be found in two online documents: Quick Facts 2011-2012 and the 2011-2012 Impact Report.

“Last year, our network in North Carolina provided assistance to a record number of students—180,730, to be exact—a 26 percent increase from the prior year” said Linda Harrill, outgoing President & CEO of CISNC.  “What’s more impressive is that CISNC provided tailored, customized, one-on-one support to 21,000 students identified as being most at-risk for school failure—comparable to more than 350 school buses full of children—and succeeded in keeping 99 percent of these students in school.  We are truly helping to prevent at-risk kids from becoming another dropout statistic.”

CISNC works on behalf of all K-12 at-risk public school students by addressing the physical, emotional and academic needs that are necessary to help them progress in school, graduate on time and be prepared for employment, enrollment or enlistment. CISNC currently operates in 44 counties via 37 local affiliates.

Of the 180,730 students served in the 2011-2012 school year, 94 percent were promoted to the next grade and 95 percent of CISNC high school seniors graduated.

    News Release

For Immediate Release                 Contact: Lynn Epps

DATE:  10-31-13

Communities In Schools of Montgomery County Receives

Three-Year National Reaccreditation

Communities In Schools of Montgomery County, part of the nation’s leading dropout prevention network, today announced that is has been reaccredited by the Communities In Schools national office. Communities In Schools’ Total Quality System (TQS) accreditation signals that the organization is highly effective in helping students stay in school and graduate on-time, and that it follows best practices in nonprofit management.

Communities In Schools developed TQS after a five-year, longitudinal national evaluation conducted by an independent evaluator showed that schools effectively implementing the Communities In Schools model had higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates. They also performed better than comparison schools in increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math and reading proficiency in 4th and 8th grades, a crucial predictor of high school graduation.

“The renewal of our reaccreditation reaffirms our commitment to providing students with best-in-class services and acting as a nonprofit and education leader in our community,” said Lynn Epps, Executive Director.

CISMC provides an additional support system for the school system.  By joining together, they ensure a strong foundation for youth the begin building their futures. With community support they are able to provide programs such as Backpack Pals that provide food for the weekends for over 200 students and GO Mentoring that matches a student with a caring adult. 

“I congratulate Communities In Schools of Montgomery County for continuing to be a nonprofit leader in the education sector,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools. “Our accreditation process is a testimony to our network of passionate professionals who are proven to help change the lives of students each and every day.”

More than 100 Communities In Schools affiliates nationwide are accredited, but Communities In Schools of Montgomery County is among the first 7 be reaccredited.


About Communities In Schools of Montgomery County

Communities In Schools of Montgomery County is part of the national Communities In Schools network, one of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organizations. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based site coordinator, CISMC connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. During the 2012-2013 school year, CISMC served 306 students, with intensive services, helping 100% to graduate. Communities In Schools has been shown through an independent evaluation to be the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. Visit our website at


In honor of National Teen Safe Driving Week, Communities In Schools Montgomery County collaborated with Biscoe Police Department and East Montgomery High School to provide a unique learning experience for students. See Student Activities page for more information and pictures of the event.

A "mock crash" event, another way to educate students about the risks of influenced driving, is being planned by Communities In Schools (and partners) for the spring of 2014.  For more

information on how to become involved in teen safe driving, please contact Lynn Epps, CISMC Executive Director at  or call (910) 573-0974.

To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. And you'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.
Thanks to all the Golf Sponsors and to all the participants for making the tournament a huge success. See pictures on the Events page.


For  Immediate Release: Monday, March 3, 2014

Contact: Lynn Epps, 910-573-0974

Communities In Schools of North Carolina serves more students statewide.

Locally, 96% of CIS students are promoted to next grade.

Today, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), a leading dropout prevention program, released new data from the 2012-13 school year showing more than 215,000 students served across the state – the most the organization has served in its 25 year history.  Of the students served, nearly 96 percent were promoted to the next grade.  Locally, Communities In Schools of Montgomery has served 3,590 students.

Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with school-wide services such as violence prevention, basic needs services, combating truancy and providing academic supports to improve graduation rates.  Additionally, local CIS staff work with school administrators to identify students in greatest need and provide specific and targeted interventions to increase success in school and life.  Together these services are increasing promotion and graduation rates across the state.

Key findings from the Changing the Picture for North Carolina’s Youth report include:

CIS services focus on all aspects of a student’s needs, both academic and non-academic resulting in a 95.6% statewide rate of promotion to the next grade.  Locally we are right in line with that number as 96% of Montgomery County CIS students are promoted.

Students participating in CIS programs in 12th grade graduated at a rate of 96.5%.  Locally 100% graduated.

A new statewide data point shows that of CIS students graduating, 55 % are moving on to postsecondary education, 15% enter the workforce and 3% join the military.

Report findings were validated by a third-party review by RTI International and the complete report is available at www.cisnc.orgQuick facts showing the results of Communities In Schools of Montgomery can be found online at

Local and statewide findings are further supported by a national report released by Child Trends last week.  In the report, Integrated Student Services: The Evidence, Child Trends finds emerging evidence that integrated student supports, such as those provided through CIS, increase math proficiency in 4th graders, math and reading proficiency in 8th graders and reduces dropout potential.  The Child Trends Report can be found at

“At CIS we are focused on surrounding students with the services and supports they need to be successful,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.   “The results being achieved in terms of student promotions and graduations tell us we are on the right track.  Our next goal is to reach more students, in more communities, early in their school careers.”

Click to view our 6/30/13 Annual ReportHome_files/6%3A30%3A13%20Annual%20Report.pdf
See the Student Activities Page for details on the Mock Crash event.
It was a mind opening demonstration to high school students of what can happen on the road.
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2014 Golf Tournament
Old North State Club

Winners Top Gross

Andy Hamilton,Dale Ring, Tim Kennedy & Darrell Phillips

Winners Top Net

Jason Auman, Shane Armstrong, Michael Glover & Cale Latham

Honorary Chairman Jim Perry's team

Jim Perry, Russ Fenton,

Mike Burnett & Bill Gardner


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